San Bernardino Saves the Raves

Beyond Wonderland 2012
Beyond Wonderland 2012
Matt Oliver

San Bernardino and raves have been going together since the 1990s.

A recent proposal by a San Bernardino County supervisor would have effectively ended the affair by shutting raves out of the area, since electronic dance music festivals were already booted from the National Orange Show Events Center following complaints of noise, loitering and rampant drug use.

Yesterday the Board of Supervisors voted to reject the proposal, which would have ended a contract with Live Nation that has Nocturnal Wonderland and Beyond Wonderland happening at the county-run San Manuel Amphitheater.

As we reported previously, Supervisor Janice Rutherford proposed to nix the relationship contractually after hearing from neighbors fed up with noise and drugs associated with the parties.

Scott Vanhorne, communications director for Rutherford, said Live Nation originally secured an extension of San Manuel's curfew from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. on the condition that promoters, including Live Nation partner Insomniac, keep it down.

Neighbors argue that hasn't happened.

Ravers and local hotel operators pleaded to let the parties go on. An emergency room doctor from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, who complained of an influx of overdose patients from the parties, argued in favor of ending the deal.

With only three of five supervisors present, the motion to cut ties with Live Nation and those two raves was voted down. 

However, a motion by Rutherford to explore scaling back the curfew from 2 a.m. to an earlier time was approved.

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Vanhorne said county staffers would try to negotiate a time, possibly midnight, with Live Nation — with the hope of making all sides happy.

A new curfew would have to be approved by the board. 

Midnight is when raves are supposed to start, not end. But it's hard to party when there are neighbors around.

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